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Over the weekend it was released that a sailor aboard the USS Nebraska had died. Rumors in these cases usually fly from the start because that’s just human nature.
The Nebraska is homeported in Washington, where we used to live. We have a handful of friends who have been on the boat over the past few years, one of DH’s oldest military friends was on it when the class they were in all got out of school. They were who we hung out with during the last part of school though once we lived in the same area we didn’t keep in as close of contact. The sailor’s name has not been released yet though the cause of death has.
It is accidents like this – and it was an accident – that scare submariner wives. I can’t imagine getting a call and the other person saying “Something happened, it wasn’t your husband and I can’t tell you anymore.” I don’t know what the ombudsman said to people (an ombudsman is the connection between the wives and the boat) but those all had to have been hard calls to make.
My thoughts and prayers are with the crew of the Nebraska and the friends and family. The submarine community often feels very small as you run into someone you know just about anywhere, and certainly on the bases each of us end up transferred to. Chris’ job changed completely and we ran into someone friends of ours know! It is a small community, one that pulls together to support each other during the times the support is needed.
Chris and I on graduation day
Yes, I am as surprised as you. I guess I was hoping for Washington so much, I didn’t think there would be a problem going back! So Chris calls and says we can go here, here, Texas, or here. And none of those “here” locations were what I wanted. It threw my day for a loop and I spent it researching each location. We didn’t have to take Texas, but it was the best for us.
So I will end my stay with my Dad and move on to hotter areas! We leave in a couple of weeks – stopping to see a pregnant friend and then stopping to stay a day back home with Grandma. I’m already thinking we may stay for two days back home because who knows when we will get to see her again. It is interesting to note that from Grandma to my Mom and from Grandma to our new place in TX is the same distance. One just goes west and the other goes south. That makes me feel closer.
I’ve been looking up schools for the kids (one sounds great, one is just eh), utility companies (in Texas you can pick your electric company!) and faxing paperwork to the housing office. We should have a house ready and waiting for us when we arrive – hopefully anyway as we are moving ourselves. I can’t imagine staying in a hotel and paying for the uhaul (or whatever company we end up going with!) for days over what they say it should take us to move. I’m calling this week to get the house business finished up!
Crafting has been few and far between the past couple of weeks. I am still doing the craft podcast and if you have any ideas, suggestions, want to be a guest, anything like that then leave me a comment! I have a lot of show ideas and am not against recording now when the mood hits you.
I did get a new craft book and start a new project!